Babcock, BAE to work on Royal Navy’s MCG weapon system

British defense contractors Babcock and BAE Systems have jointly won a five-year contract worth £41 million to improve the Royal Navy’s Medium Calibre Guns (MCGs).

Under the contract, which can potentially be extended for another five years, the two companies will provide a weapons system which would “increase reliability and functionality, and reduce obsolescence risk”.

The companies will also aim to sustain up to all of the 20 in-service 4.5-inch Mark8 guns until 2039.

Duncan Stevenson, managing director at BAE Systems Weapon Systems, said: “We are extremely proud of our heritage in the design, manufacture, and support of artillery systems and particularly our pedigree with regards to the 4.5-inch Mark8 Mod 1 Naval Gun.”

“We are fully committed to supporting the UK Royal Navy, and our collaboration with Babcock is testament to this. Through this collaboration we will deliver world-class support working together to meet the needs of the Royal Navy.”